Montezuma was the next destination on our trip. This town was off the beaten path as we had to trek through miles of rocky dirt roads to reach it. When we first arrived, I have to be honest. I felt out of my comfort zone as we searched for a place to stay. Accommodations were far from luxurious. And let's be honest, I'm dressed head to toe in JCrew and my bag has a curling iron in it. People are driving by me on quads in bathing suits and half the town has dreadlocks. I was sticking out like a sore thumb. Eventually, we found a spot with a clean bed and AC. Once we settled in, we were able to explore the town and the beach to see what they had to offer. And really, I acclimated quite well once I surrendered my American ways and went sans makeup and hair. When it came to clothes, less was more in the hot and humid weather; bare feet were optional.
The town is filled with hippies and yogis, and has a super laid back vibe. There are hand made jewelry makers on every corner, yoga studios, and some really good places to eat.We signed up for a snorkel adventure tour of Isla Tortuga on our second day there. We both don't like doing "touristy" things, which is why we make close to no plans when we travel. But, this turned out to be one of our favorite days in Costa Rica. We were able to swim in the warm waters and see some really cool sea life. We had a chance to wander the island, and meet some really interesting people from all around the world with extremely different walks of life.
On our third day there, I got to cross off something on my list; horse back riding on the beach. I have ALWAYS wanted to do that! The views were amazing as we journeyed through forest and sand to reach our final destination at a cascading water fall.
Throughout our stay, I enjoyed watching the locals playing futbol and shopping at the local market for fresh bread and treats. I loved walking the beaches and watching the sun disappear as she ushered in the night. I cherished long talks with Husband, pondering the secrets of the Universe, as we sat in the sand staring up at the vast canopy of stars in the sky. That same sky, written by one hand, as it has always been. I can still hear the waves softly crashing against the earth. And picture the color of the ocean without any moon.
I grew really fond of this place after only spending a few days there. In fact, I felt like I belonged. Even though home was so far away.
I think the biggest lesson I learned on my visit to Montezuma was to judge less, and be open. Be open to all that surrounds you. Because if you don't? You miss out. You miss out on meeting people that you probably would never come across in your ordinary life. You miss the beauty of the simplicity. You miss the magic of a single moment. But most of all, you miss the extraordinary journey.